Frank C. Aichinger, age 66, of Bristol, Va., died Friday, June 7, 2019. He was born to the late Frank Charles Aichinger Sr. and Lorraine Kucera, June 10, 1952. Frank was the Senior Pastor of Central Presbyterian Church, Bristol, Va. He is survived by his wife, Ann Aichinger of Bristol, Va.; son, Chauncey Solinger and wife, Laura; grandchildren, Oliver, Sydney, Sophia and a boy on the way, all of Ft. Myers, Fla.; sister, Mary Ann Dalaskey of Naperville, Ill.; and her children, Rob Dalaskey and wife, Kim, and Samantha Dalaskey; brother; Dan Aichinger and wife, Gerri. How do you sum up the life of one who touched so many lives? Which story do you tell that can define a man's life who extended grace and love to so many?You can't. So it is looking at the way he lived each day in love of Christ, of the Church and of people, and the life he was given to live. Frank Aichinger loved architecture and the ways buildings worked within their surroundings. Because he grew up in Chicago, Frank Lloyd Wright was his choice of architectural designs, though he thought all the furniture was very uncomfortable. He attended University of Virginia and received a Bachelor's degree in Architecture. Though he never practiced architecture, he designed four houses that were built. He doodled house plans, and was a constant examiner of architecture. He had a great love of UVA basketball, and especially the 2019 National Championship Tournament. He often called the team the Cardiac Cavs, because you never knew if they would make the final point. But he loved his Hoos. While at UVA, he found the Alpha Omega Fraternity, the Eternity Fraternity with 11 other guys, where they had bible studies and theology discussions and built great friendships. After UVA, he went to Princeton Theological Seminary (N.J.) and received his M.Div degree. He served churches in Mooresville, N.C. and Newton, Pa. during Seminary. His first call was to Spruce Pine and Grassy Creek Churches, Burnsville, N.C. From there he went as Associate to First Pres, Roswell, Ga., then to Swan Lake Pres, Sumter, S.C. He was enrolled in the D.Min program at Columbia Theological Seminary, and this is where he crossed paths with Ann. Frank and Ann dated for one year, and then were engaged on May 7, 1993. They married on October 16, 1993, surrounded by people from all of their churches, and friends throughout the years. Frank and Ann loved to travel. They had trips to Europe and Caribbean, Belize, and Greek Isles, but their favorite was Italy, especially Rome. This last Oct. for their 25th Anniversary, they went to Tuscany for the dream trip. Frank loved Montreat, N.C. He took youth groups to conferences there for 35 years. He loved the fact that it is a thin place, a place where you can truly feel the presence of God. He and Ann brought their youth from the churches they served together: Grace Presbyterian, Ft. Myers, Fla., Middletown Presbyterian, Media, Pa., New Vision, Conover, N.C., and Central Pres, Bristol, Va. Frank loved serving as co-pastor with Ann, and they had dialogue sermons each Sunday. He loved to teach Bible and Theology, and Cultural impact and Faith. He loved deep discussions about eternity, the concept of time, the very nature of our humanity and God's abiding presence. But most of all he lived and preached a message of love and grace that God extends to all. So to honor his life, there will be a service of Celebration and a Witness to the Resurrection on Tuesday, June 11, 2019, at 1 p.m. at Central Presbyterian Church, Bristol, Va. Please wear bright colored and comfortable clothes. There will be a time of visitation with a cookie reception following the service. Dr. Tom Hay, Louisville, Ky. will be officiating. Please do not send flowers, instead make a contribution in Frank's name to Central Presbyterian Church, 301 Euclid Ave, Bristol, Va. or to Abingdon Presbytery, P.O. Box 317, Wytheville, VA 24382. To quote Frank's favorite reminder of what this life is all about, from the final scene of C.S. Lewis' Last Battle: "And as Aslan (the Great Lion) spoke, He no longer looked to them like a lion; but the things that began to happen after that were so great and beautiful that I cannot write them. And for us this the end of all the stories, and we can most truly say that they all lived happily ever after. But for them it was only the beginning of the real story. All their life in this world and all their adventures in Narnia had only been the cover and the title page: now at last they were beginning Chapter One of the Great Story which no one on earth has read: which goes on forever: in which every chapter is better than the one before." Live life fully and joyfully, and love everyone as Frank loved everyone. Condolences may be sent to the family at Akard Funeral Home, 1912 West State St., Bristol, TN (423) 989-4800 is serving the Aichinger family.

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